CIELI Expands Singapore Courses

October 03, 2006

Wheelock College’s Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation (CIELI) will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership Program in Singapore. This Bachelor’s degree program is being offered in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and RTRC Asia Pte Ltd.

This new Bachelor of Science degree program will focus on cutting-edge knowledge and theory in the fields of child development, early childhood education, special education and inclusionary practices, administration and leadership, and the expressive arts. It is designed to educate teachers, managers, parent educators, administrators, entrepreneurs, educational researchers, and other professionals from Singapore and throughout Asia. Participants will implement specific research projects and become the vanguards for responding to the growing global demands for early childhood leadership, policy, management, administration, and current special education practices.

“As graduates, these educators will embrace leadership and teamwork skills, a commitment to quality and respect for one another, as well as promote an environment that includes support for creativity and personal and professional development. These graduates will be the leaders for the next generation of children and families,” said Joan M. Bergstrom, Ed.D., professor and director, Wheelock College Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation.

Since 1991, more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students have participated in programs offered by CIELI. They have earned the equivalent of a Mater of Science, Bachelor of Science, and/or an Associate’s Degree of Science. The Center delivers a range of culturally responsive educational programs in a number of countries in collaboration with local education and health ministries, universities, and other institutions. The Center’s international programs are accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Over the six year collaborative period, the three organizations will expand their relationships to enhance the education of students throughout the region, to facilitate student exchange programs, educational programs and conferences, and offer symposia and seminars on topics of mutual interest.

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership Program will be offered initially at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic campus. Later in the program’s development, participants will have the opportunity to experience a cultural exchange and study tour at Wheelock’s Boston campus. This will include lectures, visits to educational institutions, meeting with students on the Boston campus, and spending time at various historical and cultural sites and museums.

“Wheelock College is interested in securing individuals who are passionate about becoming leaders of educational change to improve the lives of children and families throughout their careers as professionals and advocates. Wheelock College is also interested in securing applicants who have demonstrated academic skills and an eagerness for working with children and families,” said Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College.

Wheelock College seeks applicants who have graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a grade point average of B and above and strong leadership abilities.

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